[T]he study found, 55 percent of the immigrants said Israel should work to reduce the number of Arabs in the country, compared to only 41 percent of veteran Israelis. About two-thirds said Israeli Arabs constitute a national security risk, compared with 59 percent of veteran Israelis. And only 4 percent would accept their child marrying a Muslim Arab, compared to 9 percent of veteran Israelis.
“Essentially, they joined the existing national consensus, in which Arabs lie beyond the bounds of legitimacy,” [Prof. Majid Al-Haj, Haifa University’s vice president and dean of research, who served as lead researcher on the study] said. “If we thought these immigrants, who are primarily secular, would contribute to broadening the boundaries of legitimacy, it didn’t happen. They didn’t serve as a bridge.
Pretty upsetting stuff, though not really all that surprising. I posted an article a little while back about Russian-Jewish immigrants as a reliable Republican voting bloc in the US, and I want to post a relevant quote from that article:
“Lurking behind these much-discussed reasons for Russian Jewish conservatism is the fact of deeply ingrained Russian xenophobia, which some say the nation’s Jews have internalized despite being an oppressed group themselves. This, say some, makes them more susceptible to the racial dog whistles employed by conservative politicians.”
Twenty years after the fall of the USSR, the 1990s wave of Russian-Jewish immigrants is a reliably Republican voting bloc. But as their children assimilate, Russian Jews’ politics get harder to pin down.
Things in this article I found interesting:
- Russian Jews vote Republican much more than other Jews. “Russian Jews preferred Bush to Kerry by a margin of 3 to 1.”
- “A month before the [Bush/Kerry] election, 81% of Russian Jews supported a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages—nearly the inverse number of Jews nationally. They also expressed heavy opposition to affirmative action and showed less support for on-demand abortion”
- “Israel is a major factor cited in the development of Russian Jewish politics. The most recent study on the subject found that 89% of Russian Jews have close relatives or friends in Israel, more than twice the proportion of American-born Jews. ‘Within the Russian Jewish community, Israel is not an idea, it’s a reality,’ says Branovan, of the American Forum of Russian Jewry. ‘When things occur in Israel, it impacts the Russian population in an immediate way. There’s a stronger connection.’”
- “‘Russians really have no sense of Jewish identity that can be built around anything besides the state of Israel,’ says activist and Avigdor Leiberman supporter Rabbi Moshe Soloway, of Brighton Beach.”
- “Lurking behind these much-discussed reasons for Russian Jewish conservatism is the fact of deeply ingrained Russian xenophobia, which some say the nation’s Jews have internalized despite being an oppressed group themselves. This, say some, makes them more susceptible to the racial dog whistles employed by conservative politicians.”
My mom canvassed for the Conservatives today. Honest to God.